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Dolores Albarracín, Ph.D., received doctoral degrees in social and clinical psychology, and has been a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and professor of communication and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Albarracín specializes in attitudes and persuasion, the intention-behavior relation, goals, predicting general activity patterns, predicting and changing health risk behaviors, and reviewing the effects of behavioral and clinical treatments in various settings (e.g., through meta-analysis and clinical trials). She is the recipient of two Scientist Development Awards from the National Institute of Mental Health and has published her work in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Health Psychology, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, and Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, among others. She co-edited two books, including the Handbook of Attitudes, which has become a source of reference with national and international reach. Dr. Albarracin was a chartered member of the NIH (National Institutes of Health) review panel on Social Psychology and Individual Difference Processes, is currently a chartered member of the NIH panel on Behavioral and Social Processes in HIV, and serves on national and international committees as well as a number of editorial boards. She is a fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Albarracín is currently Editor of Psychological Bulletin.

Research Interests

Questions that guide my current research include:

1. How can we persuade others to engage in socially beneficial behaviors? Under what conditions do changes in attitudes predict behavior? How do attitudes change over time, and what role does memory play (e.g. sleeper effects)? When do we seek out information that is likely to confirm vs. challenge prior attitudes? How doe attitudes become automatic and what brain activity supports this automation?

2. How is action structured and socially conditioned? Do action goals promote changes in attitudes and behavioral routines? Do people engage in behavior for the sake of being active, and what are the potential consequences of this tendency in the context of health? Do these tendencies vary across cultures?

3. Does the grammatical and syntactic structure of our thoughts influence our overt behavior? Under what conditions do randomly strung thoughts acquire coherence?

4. How can we use the psychology of social cognition, attitudes, and motivation for health promotion? What types of campaigns and interventions work for different groups?

For PDF copies of publications, see: https://www.socialactionlab.org/publications-1

Dr. Albarracin will be admitting new students for the next academic year.

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Teaching

  • Psych 352
  • Psych 552
  • Psych 558
  • Psych 593
  • Psych 201

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences
  • medicine
  • HIV
  • opioids
  • health promotion
  • behavioral regulation
  • attitudes
  • motivation
  • persuasion
  • behavior change
  • belief
  • misinformation
  • selective exposure
  • messaging
  • randomized controlled trial
  • Q Science
  • natural language processing for behavior prediction
  • experimental social psychology

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Research Output 1995 2019

Does Interest in Smoking Affect Youth Selection of Pro-smoking Videos? A selective exposure experiment

Bae, R. E., Maloney, E. K., Albarracin, D. & Cappella, J. N., Jan 1 2019, In : Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 21, 4, p. 539-546 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Smoking

Multi-Attribute Topic Feature Construction for Social Media-based Prediction

Morales, A., Gandhi, N., Chan, M. P. S., Lohmann, S., Sanchez, T., Brady, K. A., Ungar, L., Albarracin, D. & Zhai, C., Jan 22 2019, Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2018. Song, Y., Liu, B., Lee, K., Abe, N., Pu, C., Qiao, M., Ahmed, N., Kossmann, D., Saltz, J., Tang, J., He, J., Liu, H. & Hu, X. (eds.). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 1073-1078 6 p. 8622347. (Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2018).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Metadata
Viruses
Semantics
Educational Psychology
Behavioral Medicine
Clinical Psychology
Social Psychology
rigidity

The social creation of action and inaction: From concepts to goals to behaviors

Albarracin, D., Sunderrajan, A., Dai, W. & White, B. X., Jan 1 2019, Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. Academic Press Inc., (Advances in Experimental Social Psychology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Who Shares What with Whom? Information Sharing Preferences in the Online and Offline Worlds

Liu, C., Huang, H. Y., Albarracin, D. & Bashir, M. N., Jan 1 2019, Advances in Human Factors in Cybersecurity - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors in Cybersecurity, 2018. Ahram, T. Z. & Nicholson, D. (eds.). Springer-Verlag, p. 149-158 10 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 782).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution